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Is Byodoin really the world's oldest wooden structure? I think the oldest is Horyuji (法隆寺) in Nara-prefecture, not Byodoin. A Part of Horyuji's existing cathedral was built (more precisely rebuilt) before the early 8th Century (probably in the late 7th Century).--Ideyal

--Byodoin, finished in 1053, is quite a bit newer than the Horyuji. Horyuji was claiming to have the "oldest wooden building" title last time I was there, so I hope they're not lying! Heian-794


In my opinion, no. They're about two temples that are geographically separate, were built at different times, have individual cultural and historical significances. They share the same name, but that's about it. Fg2 06:29, Feb 18, 2005 (UTC)

I agree and I have removed the merge tag. Icd 09:59, Mar 23, 2005 (UTC)
Good point, I didn't notice that. Should we maybe make the titles clearer, to make sure other readers aren't confused? - Nat Krause(Talk!) 05:38, 22 April 2006 (UTC)
Worth considering. Still, each has a link to the other. Not sure. Fg2 11:40, 22 April 2006 (UTC)

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"Byōdō-in" translates to what?[edit]

-- (talk) 14:09, 18 June 2011 (UTC)

The literal translation would be something like "temple of equality/evenness/impartiality", where "temple"="-in" is often used for subtemples (as opposed to "temple"="-ji/tera/dera". However, as with most proper names, I am not sure how relevant this literal translation is. bamse (talk) 20:36, 18 June 2011 (UTC)

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There should be an aerial photo to showcase its phoenix-like shape. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:42, 10 May 2015 (UTC)